Ever see an old photo of yourself and cringe at your dated-looking clothes or retro hairstyle? Check out these common mistakes to make sure your skin care routine is fresh, up to date, and suits your natural beauty.
The rut: 'I scrub and exfoliate daily but my skin isn't looking better.'
Be gentle with your face. Overdoing scrubs and exfoliating brushes can make your skin oiler, irritate it, and give you redness and even dark spots. That can make your pores look bigger.
Use scrub cleansers once daily and exfoliation brushes no more than three times a week.
The rut: 'I've been using the same skin care products for the last 20 years.'
As you get older, skin tends to get dryer. Aging also puts the brakes on making collagen, which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. As you age, you may want to adjust your beauty routine by adding in moisturizing products and treatments that plump your skin.
Also consider switching up your skin care with the seasons. "I tend to adjust my own along with my patients' skin care regimen twice per year as we head into the summer and again as we head into the winter," says dermatologist Lisa Ginn, MD.
How to update your routine? When fall starts, swap in a heavier face moisturizer and exfoliate once a week. Lighten up as the weather heats up in spring and summer.
At least once a year, you should also revisit your skin care plan with a dermatologist if you have a condition like acne, rosacea, or eczema.
The rut: 'I'm constantly applying moisturizer to my face, but my skin is still dry.'
Are you exfoliating? That can help your skin absorb moisturizers better.
Look for moisturizers made with ingredients like hyaluronic acid. The result: A dewy glow that's neither oily or shiny.
The rut: 'My routine is no-frills. I can't remember the last time I used something more than cleanser and sunscreen.'
If you want to branch out, you might add an antioxidant product like vitamin C to your skin care plan. It can minimize damage from sun exposure and help prevent wrinkles. You'll still need your sunscreen, though.
Ready for a Change?
Don't overhaul everything at once. Dermatologists recommend limiting the changes you make to your skin care routine.
Instead of switching up everything at once, start by changing just one product. Give your skin 2-4 weeks to adjust before making another change. That should help you tell what effects each product has on your skin, Ginn says.